New collaboration sees University of Leicester students access vast Arts Council Collection

Posted by pt91 at Jun 29, 2017 01:49 PM |
Celebrated artworks sourced for student-curated exhibition from 30 June to 27 October

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 29 June 2017

  • Free public exhibition opens on Friday 30 June and is on view until Friday 27 October 2017 at the School of Museum Studies, 19 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF, open Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5pm. Preview on 30 June from 4pm – 6pm.

Boundaries will be crossed and relationships formed in a new exhibition by University of Leicester students that will feature internationally celebrated artworks.

The exhibition is part of a new collaboration between the School of Museum Studies’ MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies (AMAGS) and the Arts Council Collection - a national loan collection of modern and contemporary works by 2000 artists.

‘Lines of Flight’, which will be held in the School of Museum Studies building from 30 June until 27 October, started with an opportunity that was also a challenge: choosing a maximum of twelve works from a collection of nearly eight thousand.

The eight artists exhibited range from experimental pioneers of the 1960s to a generation who made their names in the 1990s. The works are all exceptional, but highlights include three rarely exhibited works by the celebrated Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, and a spotlight on American-born and London-resident artist Liliane Lijn, a pioneer of kinetic art. This spotlight on Lijn features additional works loaned to the students by the artist herself.

Dr Isobel Whitelegg, Programme Director for the MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies, said: “Working collaboratively, our students selected works from the Arts Council Collection and over the academic year they have followed all of the 'real-life' processes involved in organizing a loan-based exhibition - researching works and establishing a logic for their selection, making formal loan requests, devising exhibition design and interpretation. This practice-based and experiential learning has proved invaluable both in terms of gaining professional insight and learning to work as a team.

“The broad theme suggested by the title, ‘Lines of Flight’, is the interplay between limitation and possibility, freedom and restriction.  All of the artists create works that are concerned with crossing boundaries and creating relationships, whether by creating works that combine film and drawing, by creating parallels between poetry and physics, or by being part of international movements that connected artists working at the same time but in different nations.”

The exhibition opens with a spotlight on the work of Liliane Lijn, a pioneer of kinetic art who uses light and motion to dissolve solid forms and release written language from the page. In the corridor to the left, John Stezaker and Douglas Gordon ask us to stick with uncertainty. In the place of fixed meaning, Stezaker’s unlikely pairing and Gordon’s ambiguous letter invite free association and endless speculation. By the window, Rachel Lowe’s moving image work indicates the contradictory nature of a human desire to pin things down.

The artists occupying the stairwell space have each adopted simple rules to govern the production of their work. Malcolm Hughes and Jean Spencer began with fixed numerical systems, using repetition and variation to tease out permutation and possibility. Linda Karshan attempts to discipline the movements of her own body, using practiced gestures to create marks that are regular, but inevitably distinct. On the first floor, the pairing of Spencer with Lygia Clark shows how unpredictable flows of influence create new networks, connecting artists located in apparently separate places.

Beth Hughes, the Arts Council Collection's Curator, said: 'It is a privilege to work with the students on the Leicester Museum Studies course. The Arts Council Collection was founded on the principle of lending as widely as possible across the UK and ‘Lines of Flight’ offers the opportunity for the people of Leicester to see a carefully considered exhibition in the heart of an educational institution. Borrowing work from a national collection requires attention to detail and professionalism and the students have been adept at problem solving ensuring that the works are well cared for in the context of this expertly curated exhibition. This is the first time the Collection has worked with the prestigious Leicester Art Museum & Gallery Studies course and we look forward to working together again next year'

The School of Museum Studies’ MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies is an art-specific companion to the School's long-established MA Museum Studies, and is one of only two such courses nationally who work in partnership with the Arts Council Collection.

‘Lines of Flight’ takes place from Friday 30 June until Friday 27 October 2017 at the School of Museum Studies, 19 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF. It is free, and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm.


Further information:

Lines of Flight is selected and curated by:

Hung-Yen Chang, Ploy Charoenpol, Chi-Wei Chuang, Noemi De Simone, Baozhen Xiao [Liliane Lijn].

Emily Cotton, Christine Hristova, Chih-Ting Lai, Yanjie Li, Yibing Xu [Douglas Gordon, John Stezaker, Rachel Lowe].

Vivyanne Collette, Laura Dudley, Seoha Moon, Celine Tavella [Malcolm Hughes, Linda Karshan, Jean Spencer].

Tan-Ling Chang, Zihan Li, Yi-Hsuan Wu, Ruyu Zhao, Xueer Zou [Lygia Clark, Jean Spencer].

About Arts Council Collection
The Arts Council Collection is a national loan collection of British art from 1946 to the present day. With nearly 8,000 works and more than 1,000 loans made to over 100 venues a year, it is seen by millions of people in public spaces from galleries and museums to hospitals, libraries and universities. Representing one of the most important collections of British modern and contemporary art in the world, it includes work from Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry. The Collection supports and promotes British artists by acquiring art at an early stage of their careers. The Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London and includes the Sculpture Centre located at Longside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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For more information contact

School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
19 University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF

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